NORFOLK, Va. - The Richmond field hockey team lost to No. 8 ranked Old Dominion 2-1 on Friday afternoon.
The loss marked the third 2-1 setback to a Top-20 team for the Spiders (5-4). In its last two meetings with the perennial national power Monarchs, who reached last year's Final Four, the Spiders have been outscored by just a 4-1 margin.
As was the case in narrow losses to then No. 4 ranked Princeton and then No. 17 ranked Duke, Richmond fell behind 1-0 before tying the game.
Maartje vanRijswijk gave Old Doiminion (7-3) the lead in the 26th minute, but just 1:49 later Spider senior Jackie Gyger scored her fourth goal of the season to knot things at 1-1.
The score remained tied until the final eight minutes, when Nicole Goff deflected the ball through a crowd and into the back of the cage.
"Tonight was a major step for our team in competing against the country's best and taking the game to the final minutes," Richmond head coach Gina Lucido said. "Our maturity mentally and physically over 70 minutes of play is starting to find some great chemistry."
Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski, making her return from the Pan-Am Games, made four saves in goal for the Spiders.
All four of Richmond's losses are to ranked teams. The Spiders did open the season with a 4-0 victory over then No. 25 ranked American and Richmond was ranked in the polls for one week.
"The Spiders need to continue building on this level of play in our upcoming game against a soaring William & Mary squad," Lucido said. "We intend to keep our home stand going and represent Sunday."
Richmond plays yet another ranked team on Sunday, hosting No. 17 ranked William & Mary at 1 p.m. at Crenshaw Field.